8 of the best... new worldwide hotel openings in 2016

From Madrid to Myanmar, C&IT highlights eight of the best new hotels opening around the world in 2016.

Four Seasons Abu Dhabi hotel (©arabianbusiness.com)
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi hotel (©arabianbusiness.com)

Barceló Emperatriz, Madrid, Spain (January)

The 146-room Barceló Emperatriz, a former 19th century Palace, has been co-created by TV and sports presenter Charlie Webster; chief commercial and marketing officer of the Rugby Football Union Sophie Goldschmidt; and author of Man Up, Tess Morris.

The hotel will feature two meeting rooms, the largest of which offers 50sqm of space. In addition, the property is equipped free wi-fi internet connection and A/V equipment.

Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island (early 2016)

Abu Dhabi’s first Four Seasons hotel is located next to the upmarket Galleria shopping centre on the futuristic Al Maryah Island.

The 34-floor property will feature 190 rooms and suites, 1,290sqm of meeting and conference facilities, five restaurants and lounges, a rooftop pool and a 300sqm garden.

St. Regis Langkawi, Malaysia (April)

The St. Regis, Langkawi has 83 suites and three water villas and is located close to Kuah town, Langkawi’s shopping and commercial centre. It is around a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.

The hotel features six different meetings and event spaces, including a ballroom that can fit up to 300 delegates.  It is also one kilometre away from the new integrated coastal development that encompasses the Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC), a 6,100sqm meeting and conference venue. The LICC features state-of-the-art facilities, with its largest meeting area boasting 1,600sqm of space.

Other hotel facilities include five food-and-beverage venues, a spa and salon, a swimming pool and a gym. Each of its guests rooms also feature a butler service.

Conrad Pune, India (May)

The 310-room Conrad Pune will be located in the heart of the Indian city’s central business district, close to shopping, dining and entertainment options. It is accepting bookings from May 2016.

Facilities will include a 24-hour business centre and executive lounge, as well as a range of meeting and event spaces including a 2438sqm ballroom and four boardrooms.

Other facilities will include a full-service luxury spa, a 24-hour fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool and pool bar. There will also be three restaurants and a cocktail bar.

Astral Tower at The Star Sydney, Australia (mid 2016)

The Star Sydney, an entertainment complex offering luxury accommodation, restaurants, spa facilities, a retail operation and a casino is investing AU$130m in a refurbishment of the Astral Tower and Residences hotel, aimed at complementing The Star’s existing domestic and international luxury offering.

Astral Tower is being repositioned to target Generation X and experienced business travellers, and the five-star offering features elegant rooms and high-end suites, a state-of-the-art club lounge, new meeting rooms and a business centre. It will remain operational throughout the refurbishment.

Eventpark, Zürich, Switzerland

Eventpark, managed by Glattfelden hotel, will accommodate 3,000 people sitting or 5,000 standing across a range of spaces, including a 2,000sqm event arena, a gallery on the upper floor, an event club, a loft space and four event terraces. Public transport will link the venue to the city centre, while Zürich Airport can be directly reached by tram.

Radisson Red Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town, South Africa (late 2016)

Carlson Rezidor has announced that the first Radisson Red hotel to open in the EMEA region will debut in late 2016 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in South Africa.

The Radisson Red Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town will offer 235 guest rooms and five 'meeting event studios' with a total area of 460sqm, alongside a fitness centre and rooftop swimming pool. It will be located within walking distance to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The Radisson Red Hotel V&A Waterfront will form part of the new 'Silo District' of the V&A Waterfront that will also be home to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio in London.

Melia Yangon, Myanmar (2016)

Meliá Hotels International has announced it will open its first property in Myanmar as part of its expansion in the Asia Pacific region. The new-build hotel will be in a prime location in downtown Yangon next to Inya Lake and with easy access to the airport and the highway to the capital city.

Meliá Yangon will feature 400 rooms, including the signature The Level rooms, a YHI spa, a variety of restaurants and a wide range of meeting facilities.

The hotel will be part of a mixed-use complex including office buildings, apartments and a commercial centre, and is scheduled to open in 2016.


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